AREAS OF SPECIALTY.

  • Pre/postnatal Fitness
  • Yoga/Pilates Mat
  • Behavior Modification Coaching
  • Body Composition Shifting
  • Core Strength

BIO.

My love of movement began in the ballet studio: I loved dance more than anything, but my feet literally bled more days than not.  And when my beloved teacher told me I was talented but my body was not shaped like a ballerina’s, I bailed on my dream and started comfort eating.

Take care of the body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see through
these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded.
— Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

In the years after I left ballet, I ran collegiate track and entered the fitness industry. I began to repair my relationship with my body...but not before pushing past my limits and ending up in surgery.  

Exercise doesn’t have to hurt to work.  In fact, it shouldn’t.  And it shouldn’t make you feel badly about yourself, either.  

It wasn’t until I had a baby that I was able to see my body in a whole new light. Where I used to try to beat my body into submission, now I treat it the way I treat my daughter: I listen to her, I trust her, and I enjoy her.  I’m the boss, but we are finding our way together.  Now, instead of pushing my body too hard, too fast, I meet it where it’s at, day to day, year to year, with a challenge that leaves me feeling strong, fit, and comfortable in my own skin. 

I can’t wait to help you get comfortable in yours.

EDUCATION.

  • BA, Oberlin College 
  • Pre- and Post- Natal Strength Training, Annette Lang
  • 200 HR Yoga Teacher Training, White Lotus Foundation
  • TRX Suspension Training, Fitness Anywhere 
  • Kettlebell Training, Kettlebell Athletics, Education Systems
  • Personal Fitness Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine, ACE
  • Behavior Modification, ACE
  • Teaching Pilates Mat/PiYo Powder Blue Productions
  • CPR/AED

PHILOSOPHY.

When you love to move, life feels better.

I want to make life feel better for you. I’m here to help you stick to your guns and find that thing that gets you excited about moving!

I love helping people change the rhythms in their lives that aren’t working (particularly after a life transition), and creating systems that lead to lasting change, and movement-based joy.
— Sara Ris

TESTIMONIALS.

Sara has completely changed my relationship to wellness. I’ve learned how to establish goals that were right for ME, and how to achieve them. In addition to her masterful understanding of fitness, the human body, and crafting wonderful and interesting workouts, she also identified thought, attitude, and lifestyle habits that undermined my success. In other words, Sara is naturally holistic in her approach. Subtly, like a ninja, she will draw you to your better self if you let her. At 47, I’m in the best shape of my life and I enjoy being in my body because it finally does what I want it to do!
— Sarah P
Sara is amazing! Not only is she the best trainer I’ve ever worked with she’s one of my favorite people to see every week! Like many, I don’t always like going to the gym, but Sara makes every session challenging and fun. She tailors each workout to my specific needs and always knows how to help me reach my goals. I’m so glad I found her!
— Sophie
Sara Ris is a great trainer. She’s funny, patient, personable, and, most importantly, knowledgeable. She emphasizes the whole body and uses a mix of exercises that don’t depend on machines. She’s gotten me into much better shape than I’ve ever been in. Going to the gym and seeing her is the highlight of my day. You won’t go wrong with Sara.
— Frank